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Audi recalls six models for brake fix

Round up: The recall affects Audi A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet, A6, A7 and Q5 models built between March and December in 2012.

Several Audi models recalled due to an issue that could affect braking

Audi logo1 Sep 2014

AUSTRALIA has been caught up in a global recall issued by Audi for 70,000 cars spanning six models with potential brake issues.

In Australia, the recall affects 1240 examples of the Audi A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet, A6, A7 and Q5 models built between March and December in 2012 powered by the 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website, the recall has been issued due to a concern that engine oil may enter the brake servo through the vacuum lines.

This could cause the diaphragm in the servo to rupture and result in the brake servo failing.

A spokesperson for Audi Australia told GoAuto the brakes will still work, but drivers will have to apply more pressure to the pedal to stop the car.

He said there have been no reports of the fault occurring in Australia, however, owners will be notified by post and they should make an appointment with a dealer as soon as possible.

The inspection and repairs are expected to take one hour and will be free of charge.

This year has seen record numbers of cars recalled by many manufacturers. A fault with airbags made by safety equipment company Takata resulted in car-makers including Honda, Nissan and Mazda recalling 2.9 millions cars worldwide in June.

In August Mitsubishi issued one of the largest recalls in Australian history with 114,862 cars affected because of a headlight and indicator fault.

Toyota, however, has recalled more cars than any other manufacturer in 2014.

The Japanese car-maker was hit hard by the Takata airbag issue and recalled 2.27 million cars globally with 19,600 vehicles affected in Australia. In April Toyota issued five recalls in one day affecting 6.5 million cars worldwide and nearly 300,000 in Australia for faults ranging from airbag wiring to seat problems.

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